Day 71 – Staying in the Game

Chest and Back

invisible lawnmowerToday I elected to take it easy. It’s not that I don’t want to go all out during the workout it is more that I know if I hurt myself now I will mess up my ability to get the floors done. If I do that, we will be living on bare floors for a while. So, with caution at the forefront of my mind I was careful specifically with the lawnmowers and the bent over flys. I am not enthused about the bent over rowing in the first place. They call them Heavy Pants and it is an exercise which I think is unnecessarily risky for most people. They have a one arm at a time version called locomotives which basically raises the same questions with me. However, with good form, you can mitigate some of the risk but the exercise still comes with a huge amount of safety precautions for anyone with a weak or compromised lower back. Needless to say, my heavy pants were more like a well worn pair of underwear! Plus I am still reeling from the realization that next week isn’t a rest week, something I should take advantage of, not sulk about, but you know…

It is funny doing the chest and back workout because it is the first workout that you do when you start the program. Tony is on his best behaviour, everyone is working hard and looking good and it is just that little bit more polished and professional than the rest of the days.

Today was a struggle for me anyway, I think I may have had an extra coffee and that made me a little shaky and nauseated. I was OK during the workout but by the last move I was exhausted. This is very unusual for me especially after a day off. Just goes to show that the quality of your workouts depends in very large part to both the diet you had yesterday but also what you ate and drank today. You have to become very familiar with your body and how it reacts to food and drink in order to give yourself the best shot in the gym. This probably goes without saying for some of you but you would be amazed at how many people don’t know how to make themselves feel great with their diet. It is a mystery to them how some days they feel good in the morning or at the gym while other times they are dragging their butt like an old itchy dog. At the very least you should be able to explain your body state and how you created it and be able to recreate that state at will. Imagine that, being able to make yourself feel great whenever you wanted!

Eat right and exercise and you will find out how to do just that.

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